How was your Week?

Posted: July 18, 2015 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Since the NBA season ended there’s has been a lot of talk about how they have to “fix” the playoff system. Now it’s clear to see that the Western conference has better teams than the Eastern conference right now it seems as though people are overreacting. While there where 2 teams that made the Eastern conference playoff that had an under .500 record. There was only 1 team in the Western conference with a record over .500 that didn’t make the playoffs. Does the NBA really need to change the playoff format for 1 team? One suggestion was to take the Top 16 teams record wise no matter where they played, but if you did that why do you need conferences or divisions? The other suggestion I heard this week was to take 10 teams from each conference. Last season that would’ve meant that 6 teams with losing records would’ve been in the playoffs. The NBA has already taken away the seeding where division winners receive the Top 3 seeds. That was the reward you got for winning your division, but that means nothing now. The NBA playoffs are long enough; do they really need to be adding teams to it. If they were to go to a 10 team playoff system that would mean the #1 and #2 seeds would get 1st round byes. As long as an NBA playoff series can take these top teams could be waiting close to 2 weeks to play a playoff game. While I’m sure the rest would be nice, but you’d think they’d be rusty and just imagine the complaining a guy like LeBron James would do if the Cleveland Cavaliers had a bye and then lost to the 10th seeded team. Is the playoff system perfect; so of course not, but I don’t buy into the complete overhaul the NBA is considering. With the way the NBA draft goes teams at the bottom can move up quickly if they draft well; so isn’t it up to these teams to improve themselves not be handed extended playoff spots.

Did you know that the NBA has 3 summer leagues. There’s an Orlando, Utah and Las Vegas leagues. While it’s only 4 or 5 games into the leagues Joe Young of the Indiana Pacers is leading all the leagues in scoring at 22.5 points per game. Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic is leading in rebounding with 11.7 per game. Semaj Christon of the Oklahoma City Thunder is averaging 6.8 assists per game to lead this summer. A couple of other stat leaders; Russ Smith of the Memphis Grizzlies leads with 3.2 steals per game, Myles Turner leads with 4.3 blocks per game and it Gordon who leads in minutes played at 32.7 per game.

NASCAR goes to New Hampshire this Sunday for the 5-hour Energy 301. In qualifying yesterday Carl Edwards took the pole for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) with a speed of just under 136 mph Joey Logano will start 2nd with David Ragan starting 3rd. The 4th and 5th starting spot went to Edwards JGR teammates Kyle Busch in 4th with Denny Hamlin in 5th. Matt Kenseth was the only JGR driver to not qualify in the Top 5, but he did also make the Top 10 and will start 8th on Sunday. Dan the Man’s favorite driver Clint Bowyer will start the race 18th.

There are 8 races left before The Chase starts and if you’re in The Chase right now, but haven’t won a race this season you have to be worried about Kyle Busch. Right now Busch is outside the Top 30, but he has 2 wins. If he finds his way into the Top 30 he easily gets a place in The Chase with those 2 wins. It’s been a great comeback for Busch this season after breaking his foot and leg in the XFinity race back in Daytona in February. I believe if Busch averages a finish right around 10th these last 8 races he’ll take one of those chase spots away from a driver who hasn’t picked up a win.

Chris Olmstead from BeyondTheFlag.com will join Mr. Fantasy and I on the Sunday podcast of Sports Time Radio to preview the 5-hour Energy 301. I always make Chris select 3 drivers that he could see in victory lane at the end of the race and he’s been very good at this; so if you’re in a NASCAR fantasy league like I am it can help you make those last minute decisions.

Major League Baseball returned from the All-Star break with every team in action on Friday. In an odd  occurrence the game between the Washington Nationals and the Los Angels Dodgers was suspended because the lights kept going out. The game was first delayed in the bottom of the 4th inning when a bank of lights near the 3rd-base line went out. After an 82-minute delay the game got started again, but just 9 minutes later the same set of lights went out. Play resumed again in the bottom of the 5th inning, but shortly after Yunel Escobar gave the Nationals a 3-2 lead with a 2-run homer, the lights went out for the 3rd time. The Nationals led after 5 full innings, but the game was suspended rather than considered complete due to Rule 4.12 (a) (3), which provides for a suspended game when the stoppage in play results from “Light failure or malfunction of a mechanical field device under control of the home club.” The game is scheduled to resume today.

Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim grabbed the majority of the baseball headlines last night as he hit a 2-out walk off home run to give the Angels a 1-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox. Trout’s home run came off of Red Sox closer Koji Uehara who had only given up 2 home runs in 33 2/3rd innings before Trout hit his game ending homer. This  marked Trout’s third walk-off hit, all of which have been home runs. Trout’s game winning home run was only the 2nd hit on the night for the Angels. Kole Calhoun got the other Angels hit a double to end Wade Miley’s no hit bid. C.J. Wilson kept the Angels in the game pitching 8 shutout innings against Boston. Uehara (2-4) took the loss for the Red Sox while Joe Smith (1-0) picked up the win in relief of Wilson.

How was your week?

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